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Sardinia Masseria Pattern tile 20x20cm on a kitchen floor. Wooden chair to the left with a blue glass jug on the floor next to a lemon, blue gloss wall tiles and a green plant on the floor.

Understanding Tiles - Porcelain Tiles or Ceramic Tiles?

When it comes to ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles, there are some similarities as well as differences. Here we will explain how differences in composition, durability and more can affect project suitability, tile choice and budget.

What are porcelain tiles?

Porcelain tiles are made from harder clay and fired at even higher temperatures than ceramic tiles, meaning they are the more durable of the two.

Here are key points to remember about porcelain tiles:

  • Their manufacturing process makes them less porous, with a low water absorption rate. This means they are more suited to wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and the outdoors.
  • Highly durable, porcelain tiles are more resistant to stains, scratches and chips, making them the ideal choice for higher traffic areas.
  • Less likely to crack or break from impacts or under heavy loads as they are hard and dense. This means they are suitable for commercial and outdoor uses.
  • Generally more expensive than ceramic tiles because of their tougher composition and versatility.
  • Digitally printed to imitate wood and natural stone.
  • Available in a variety of colours, sizes and finishes
Click to expand Steel Midnight Blue Metallic Finish tile 60x120cm in a lounge setting with brick wallpaper either side. Dark blue sofa with velvet cushions, wooden coffee table and crate side table. Succulent plants sit on top of the tables. Dome floor lamp to the left.
These versatile midnight blue porcelain tiles cast a striking contrast to the industrial brick background.

What are ceramic tiles?

Ceramic tiles are a popular choice for flooring and wall coverings. They are made from various clays and then fired at high temperatures.

Here are key points to remember about ceramic tiles:

  • Although quite durable, they are more prone to chips and scratches due to their higher moisture content. This also means they are generally better suited to indoor projects with low to moderate foot traffic, unless specifically stated otherwise.
  • Unless properly sealed, ceramic tiles are better suited to areas less prone to moisture
  • Ceramic tiles come in various sizes, shapes, and colours, making them versatile for different design styles.
Raku Black wall tile 20x40cm in a hallway setting with a wooden console table. A mirror sits on the tiled wall, with a black and white picture of a vase. Candles sit on the console table while white screens frame either side of the tiles.
Raku black ceramic wall tiles are a stylish addition to hallways for some rustic chic.
Now you know a bit more about porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles, you can make you make an informed decision for your project. Whether you prioritize durability, easy maintenance, versatility, water resistance, or health benefits, tiles offer a practical and stylish solution for your flooring and wall needs.
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